1 – A knife wound heals; a wound caused by words does not.
2 – A lake forms drop by drop.
3 – A man does not seek his luck, luck seeks its man.
4 – A wise man remembers his friends at all times; a fool, only when he has need of them.
5 – Abundance is from activity.
6 – Good actions are never lost.
7 – Having two ears and one tongue, we should listen twice as much as we speak.
8 – He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it.
9 – If and When were planted and Nothing grew.
10 – It is not disgraceful to ask, it is disgraceful not to ask.
11 – Kind words will unlock an iron door.
12 – No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back.
13 – Patience is the key to paradise.
14 – There is no right way to do a wrong thing.
15 – Today’s egg is better than tomorrow’s hen.
16 – Tomorrow is another day.
17 – Two captains sink the ship.
18 – Two heads are better than one.
19 – Who gossips to you will gossip about you.
20 – Wish well, be well.
21 – You harvest what you sow.
1 – A bird may be ever so small, it always seeks a nest of its own.
2 – A bold attempt is half success.
3 – A bold man has luck in his train.
4 – A child must creep until it learns to walk.
5 – A crowd is not company.
6 – A fool only wins the first game.
7 – A friend’s frown is better than a fool’s smile.
8 – A good neighbor is better than a brother far off.
9 – A good pilot is not known when the sea is calm and the weather fair.
10 – A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.
11 – A little stone may upset a large cart.
12 – A man’s character reaches town before his person.
13 – A penny in time is as good as a dollar.
14 – A short rest is always good.
15 – A slip of the foot may soon be recovered; but that of the tongue perhaps never.
16 – A willing helper does not wait until he is asked.
17 – Act honestly, and answer boldly.
18 – Advice after injury is like medicine after death.
19 – Age may wrinkle the face, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
20 – An old man’s sayings are seldom untrue.
21 – Another man’s burden is always light.
22 – Bad is never good until worse happens.
23 – Better a little furniture than an empty house.
24 – Better a little in peace and with right, than much with anxiety and strife.
25 – Better ask twice than lose your way once.
26 – Better half a loaf than none at all.
27 – Blame is the lazy man’s wages.
28 – Break one link and the whole chain falls apart.
29 – Faults are thick where love is thin.
30 – He that does not save pennies, will never have pounds.
31 – He that inquires much, learns much.
32 – It is best to be on the safe side.
33 – It is easy to manage when fortune favors.
34 – It is easy to sit at the helm in fine weather.
35 – “It will come back,” said the man, when he gave his sow pork.
36 – Keep your nose out of another’s mess.
37 – Kind words don’t wear out the tongue.
38 – Let deeds match words.
39 – Life begins at forty.
40 – Speaking silence is better than senseless speech.
41 – Speech is silver, but silence is golden.
42 – Speedy execution is the mother of good fortune.
43 – Stop and smell the roses.
44 – That which must be, will be.
45 – Where you cannot climb over, you must creep under.
46 – You can have too much of a good thing.
47 – You may always find an opportunity in your sleeve, if you like.
48 – You may force a horse to the water, but you cannot make him drink.
Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 – 1881) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoevsky’s literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia, and engage with a variety of philosophical and religious themes.
1 – Jesus (7–2 BC — 26–36 AD)
Jesus of Nazareth is the founding figure of Christianity and Christianity is the religion that shaped Europe, and much of the world as a consequence. As the largest religion in the world, there is no doubt that Christianity is still making an impact to this day. The principal sources of information regarding Jesus’ life and teachings are the four canonical gospels. Most critical scholars in the fields of history and biblical studies believe that ancient texts on Jesus’ life are at least partially accurate, agreeing that Jesus was a Galilean Jew who was regarded as a teacher and healer. They also generally accept that he was baptized by John the Baptist, and was crucified in Jerusalem on orders of the Roman Prefect of Judaea Pontius Pilate, on the charge of sedition against the Roman Empire.
2 – Moses (1393 BC – 1273)
Moses is a Biblical Hebrew religious leader, lawgiver, a Levi, prophet, and military leader, who wrote the Torah. He is the most important prophet in Judaism. According to the book of Exodus, Moses was born to a Hebrew mother, Jochebed, who hid him when a Pharaoh ordered all newborn Hebrew boys to be killed, and he ended up being adopted into the Egyptian royal family. After killing an Egyptian slave-master, Moses fled and became a shepherd, and was later commanded by God to deliver the Hebrews from slavery. After the Ten Plagues were unleashed on Egypt, he led the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, where they wandered in the desert for 40 years, during which time, according to the Bible, Moses received the Ten Commandments.
3 – Abraham (2000 BC to 1825 BC)
Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions regard Abraham as the founding patriarch of the Israelites, Ishmaelites and Edomite peoples. He is widely regarded as the patriarch of Judaism and monotheism. Abraham means “High Father”, coming from the Aramaic words “Aba Rama”. Judaism, Christianity and Islam are sometimes referred to as the “Abrahamic religions”, because of the progenitor role Abraham plays in their holy books. According to Genesis, Abraham was brought by God from Mesopotamia to the land of Canaan. There Abraham entered into a covenant: in exchange for sole recognition of God as supreme universal deity and authority, Abraham will be blessed with innumerable progeny.
4 – Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)
Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. He is best known for his theory of relativity and specifically mass–energy equivalence, E = mc², the most famous equation of the twentieth century. Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics “for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.” Einstein published over 300 scientific works and over 150 non-scientific works. Einstein is revered by the physics community, and in 1999 Time magazine named him the “Person of the Century”. In wider culture the name “Einstein” has become synonymous with genius.
5 – Maimonides (1135 – 1204)
Moses Maimonides, also known as the Rambam, was a rabbi, physician, and philosopher in Spain, Morocco and Egypt during the Middle Ages. He was the preeminent medieval Jewish philosopher whose ideas also influenced the non-Jewish world. One of the central tenets of Maimonides’s philosophy is that it is impossible for the truths arrived at by human intellect to contradict those revealed by God. Although his copious works on Jewish law and ethics were initially met with opposition during his lifetime, he was posthumously acknowledged to be one of the foremost rabbinical arbiters and philosophers in Jewish history. Today, his works and his views are considered a cornerstone of Jewish thought and study.
6 – Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939)
Sigmund Freud, born Sigismund Shlomo Freud, was an Austrian psychiatrist who founded the psychoanalytic school of psychology. Freud is best known for his theories of the unconscious mind and the defense mechanism of repression and for creating the clinical practice of psychoanalysis for curing psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst. Freud is also renowned for his redefinition of sexual desire as the primary motivational energy of human life, as well as his therapeutic techniques, including the use of free association, his theory of transference in the therapeutic relationship, and the interpretation of dreams as sources of insight into unconscious desires.
7 – Baruch de Spinoza (1632 – 1677)
Baruch or Benedict de Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Jewish origin. Revealing considerable scientific aptitude, the breadth and importance of Spinoza’s work was not fully realized until years after his death. Today, he is considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy, laying the groundwork for the 18th century Enlightenment and modern biblical criticism. By virtue of his magnum opus, the posthumous Ethics, in which he opposed Descartes’ mind–body dualism, Spinoza is considered to be one of Western philosophy’s most important philosophers.
8 – Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)
Gustav Mahler was a composer and conductor, born in Bohemia (formerly part of the Austrian Empire, currently located in the Czech Republic), and identified throughout his life as a German-speaking Austrian. Mahler was best known during his own lifetime as one of the leading orchestral and operatic conductors of the day. He has since come to be acknowledged as among the most important late-romantic composers, although his music was never completely accepted by the musical establishment of Vienna while he was still alive. Mahler composed primarily symphonies and songs; however, his approach to genre often blurred the lines between orchestral song, symphony, and symphonic poem.
9 – Niels Bohr (1885 – 1962)
Niels Henrik David Bohr was a Danish physicist who made fundamental contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum mechanics, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. Bohr mentored and collaborated with many of the top physicists of the century at his institute in Copenhagen. He was also part of the team of physicists working on the Manhattan Project. Bohr married Margrethe Nørlund in 1912, and one of their sons, Aage Niels Bohr, grew up to be an important physicist who, like his father, received the Nobel prize, in 1975. Bohr has been described as one of the most influential physicists of the 20th century.
10 – David Ben-Gurion (1886 – 1973)
David Ben-Gurion was the first Prime Minister of Israel. Ben-Gurion’s passion for Zionism, which began early in life, culminated in his instrumental role in the founding of the state of Israel. After leading Israel to victory in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Ben-Gurion helped build the state institutions and oversaw the absorption of vast numbers of Jews from all over the world. Upon retiring from political life in 1970, he moved to Sde Boker, where he lived until his death. Posthumously, Ben-Gurion was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Important People of the Century.
1 – Life’s not as good with money as it is bad without it.
2 – Adam was the first lucky man as he had no mother-in-law.
3 – If a problem can be solved with money, then it’s not a problem but a cost.
4 – God gave man two ears and one mouth, so listen more and talk less.
5 – May God protect you from bad people, and save yourself from good ones!
6 – Any Jew knows what’s better.
7 – God cannot be everywhere at once, that’s why He created mothers.
8 – Be not sweet, or else you’ll be eaten. Be not bitter, or else you’ll be spat out.
9 – Fear a goat in front of you, a horse behind you, and a fool all around.
10 – A guest and a fish start reeking on the third day.
11 – Knowledge does not take much space.
12 – Better a Jew without a beard than a beard without a Jew.
13 – A man should live at least for curiosity.
14 – A deaf man heard a dumb man recount that a blind man saw a lame one run very fast.
15 – God protect the poor — at least from expensive sins.
16 – If charity was worth nothing, everyone would be philanthropists.
17 – When an old maiden marries, she becomes a young wife.
18 – Parents teach their children to talk; children teach their parents silence.
19 – All people are good from afar.
20 – Eggs may be much cleverer than chickens, but they go rotten too quickly.
21 – Keeping good silence is harder than talking good.
22 – A bad partner is worse than rain — the latter makes you go home, while the former makes you go outside.
23 – The world will not disappear because there are many people, but because there are too many non-people.
24 – God help me rise to my feet; a fall is what I can do myself.
25 – If life doesn’t change for the better, wait, and it will change for the worse.
26 – However sweet love may be, you can’t make a stew out of it.
27 – When people have nothing to do, they take up great deeds.
28 – Choosing between two evils, a pessimist picks both.
29 – Everyone complains about a lack of money, but none complain about a lack of brains.
30 – Who doesn’t have children brings them up best.
31 – It’s better to die of laughter than of fear.
32 – Experience is the word people use to call their mistakes.
33 – Being gray of hair means you’re simply old, not wise.
34 – Growing old, man’s sight worsens, but this allows him to see more.
Dome of the Rock, Arabic Qubbat al-Ṣakhrah, shrine in Jerusalem built by the Umayyad caliph ʿAbd al-Malik ibn Marwān in the late 7th century CE. It is the oldest extant Islamic monument. The rock over which the shrine was built is sacred to both Muslims and Jews.
Golden Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem, Israel
Jewish History 3500 BCE – 2010